- Biking Trails: Tourism Golden
- Biking North: From Radium Hot Springs
Whether Golden marks the beginning or the end of your trek through the Columbia Valley, know that your visit here will be time well spent. There are countless wildlife viewing opportunities to be found throughout the Columbia Wetlands; if you’re in search of an authentic birding experience, Golden is the place to be.
1Moberly Marsh & Burges James Gadsden Provincial ParkSmall vehicle pull-out viewing area along the Trans Canada Highway
A critical resting and feeding area for many migratory birds, Moberly Marsh & Burges James Gadsden Provincial Park is a unique conservation area on the Pacific Flyway. This park presents excellent viewing opportunities of resident birds nesting and rearing habitats – keep your eyes open and you’ll likely spot waterfowl and songbird species, as well as raptors such as hawks, eagles and osprey.
2Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre1745 Short Rd, Golden, BC
This very special wildlife sanctuary looks after wolves who have been injured and abandoned in the region. Providing unique opportunities to get closer to these majestic creatures, Northern Lights also provides tours and interpretive information.
3Confluence ParkFisher Rd
Located at the meeting point of two historic rivers, the Columbia and the Kicking Horse, this park’s 1.8km trail offers views of the scenic wetlands and stretches of forest that line the riverbanks. Easily accessible from downtown Golden along the Rotary Trail, the shoreline is full of songbirds with raptors perched high above.
4Reflection LakeReflection Lake Rd N
This easy-to-access lake offers short trails and a gazebo with seating and interpretive information, making it an excellent viewing point to experience the diversity of waterfowl and landfowl against the backdrop of the Columbia Mountains.
5Bluebird Cafe802 9th St N
A cozy cafe featuring housemade breakfast and lunch items, fresh-baked treats such as muffins and mini pies, and organic coffee drinks. Perfect for early starts and quick grab-and-go options.
6Big Bend Cafe528 9 Ave N
A family-friendly all-day breakfast spot with an extensive menu of all the favourites. Sit inside and learn a little local history from the decor, or relax on their sunny patio.
7Reposados427 9 Ave N
Simple, healthy, and delicious tacos inspired by the flavours of Mexico with a rocky mountain twist. Especially known for their hand-crafted margaritas with house fermented syrups. They have a variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
8Rockwater Grill and Bar429 9 Ave N
This lively restaurant offers pub classics, with gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as BC craft beer on tap. Take in the fresh air by eating on one of their two patios, or sit inside and listen to live musical guests.
9The Golden Taps Pub507 9 Ave N
A warm, friendly atmosphere with notably delicious homemade pub fare, craft beer, wines, and spirits. Authentic mountain town feel, perfect for locals and tourists alike.
10Whitetooth Bistro427 9 Ave N
Modern dishes and nightly features made with fresh, local ingredients. Upscale yet casual atmosphere with an alleyway patio for a romantic evening out or casual morning brunch!
11Golden Outdoors503 9 Ave N
Suit up in outdoor recreational gear before you head out on the bird trail. The friendly staff will help you find exactly what you need.
12Higher Ground Sports501 9 Ave N
A backcountry specialist and boutique bike store complete with their own cafe – get a good lay of the land from their experts before renting a bike and beginning your adventure.
13Golden Visitor Centre1000 Trans-Canada Hwy
Gather local insights on activities, attractions, and accommodations in and around Golden from the friendly, welcoming visitor information counsellors on hand – and pick up some travel guides and maps for the road!
Following the River South
Discover small towns and big vistas around every turn as the Columbia River makes its way south, creating a robust wetland home to thousands of migratory bird species.
14Cedar Lake Recreation Site1400 Cedar Lake FSR
This forested area above the Columbia River offers camping and day-use with picnic sites, parking, and toilet facilities. Over 50 km of recreational trails (the Moonraker Trail system) are accessible from the campground. Cedar Lake is home to resident Loons and Pileated Woodpeckers, as well as various other songbirds.
15Rotary Bike TrailsStart right at the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge or anywhere along this well-marked trail
Experience Golden by travelling along this in-town hiking and biking loop, perfect for sightseeing and relaxing in nature. The trail winds its way along the Kicking Horse River, through residential areas and treed paths, and past Reflection Lake. A great option for exploring, as you take time to stop and observe birds all along the trail.
16Columbia River and Wetlands
The Columbia Wetlands are home to 180kms of protected wetlands stretching the entire length of the Columbia Valley Bird Trail. This protected area is recognized by scientists worldwide for its remarkable variety and abundance of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish and invertebrates. With several canoeing and SUP boarding access points, there are countless opportunities to view birdlife all throughout the area.
17Columbia Wetlands Outpost2581 BC-95, Parson, BC
A peaceful afternoon floating along the Columbia River via traditional canoe (or e-canoe) provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the wetlands and see some of the regions favourite birds – from eagles and king fishers, to swallows, waterfowl and other migratory species.
18Double Black Cafe#3 1549 Kicking Horse Trail
A bustling cafe nestled at the foot of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Enjoy specialty coffees and a selection of craft beer, as well as fresh baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options.
19Island Restaurant101 Gould's Island
A unique dining experience in a two-level rustic log cabin located on a small island in the heart of Golden. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with water views from their upper patio.
20The Wolf’s Den1105 9 St S, Golden, BC V0A 1H0
For some rustic mountain charm, grab a pint of craft beer and a housemade meal cooked from scratch in this historic log cabin spot, situated near the banks of the Kicking Horse River.
21Eleven221122 10th Ave S
Elevated dining with unique, modern Canadian food, regional wines and specialty cocktails served in a cozy neighborhood space decorated with local art.
22Kicking Horse Ice Cream802 10th St S
Cool off with 24 different flavours of hard and soft-serve ice cream, as well as screamers, twisters, floats, milkshakes, and more.
23Selkirk Ski & Bike1545 Kicking Horse Trail
Located at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, this outdoor shop specializes in ski and bike gear for those who like to pair their birding with outdoor adventure.
24Kicking Horse Mountain Resort1500 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, BC
More than just a place for rest and relaxation, Kicking Horse Resort is deeply ingrained in the culture of Golden – complete with spectacular birds-eye views of town, and all down the Columbia Valley.
25Find a place to stay in Golden!
Golden is a unique destination that offers a wide range of accommodations throughout the Columbia Valley. Stay in a hotel, motel, cozy rustic cottage or cabin. Travelling with a group? Book a large, luxurious lodge or bed & breakfast to suit your travel needs.
Moberly Marsh & Burges James Gadsden Provincial ParkBurges James Gadsden Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Golden Visitor Centre
Kicking Horse Ice Cream